Summer 2013

June 27, 2013

Today was group 3’s first full day in Israel and it was quite a busy day. They began by participating in First and Second Temple tours in the Old City, along with the City of David, Hezekiah’s tunnels, Robinson’s arch, the Davidson Center, walked around the Jewish Quarter, visited the Kotel and saw a beautiful view of the city. They returned to the hostel for a study session with Rabbi Paul Friedman and to get ready for an evening out at Ben Yehuda street. The group definitely had a fantastic first full day!

June 27, 2013

Group 2 landed safely in Israel, met their Israeli staff members, and headed to the Talpiyot Promenade, where there is a beautiful overview of Jerusalem and the Old City. There, they had their opening ceremony and headed to the Fuchsberg Centre where they will be staying for the next few days. They then had a study session with Rabbi Paul Friedman. Tonight, they will be having an orientation and a fun evening program in order to get to know one another. They  are really looking forward to spending the rest of this exciting  summer together!

June 26, 2013

After a morning of breakfast, shacharit, and learning about why we pray, Bus A was off to Rochester for a day of fun at Big Don’s mini golf and then a water splash maze. The group’s evening program was focused on empowerment. The kids made a list of all the things they have the power to do and then turned it into a song or rap to perform for the rest of the group. The groups then went back to their host homes for the night and are looking forward to seeing Cleveland tomorrow.

June 26, 2013

This morning during shacharit, the group learned about tallit, tefillin and the importance of making your own space for private prayer. The day was filled with trips to The Newseum, an interactive museum of news and journalism, The Holocaust Museum, and then some free time at the mall. They finished this great day off with a Bus B pool party and getting excited to head to Raleigh!

June 26, 2013

Bus C participated in a creative shacharit where they learned to wrap tefillin by practicing with fruit by the foot (also making a great pre-breakfast snack!) The group then wrote their own tefillat haderech, travelers prayer, and learned about the shma and tzitzi. The group was then on their way for very exciting trips to the Chalk Wall, Big Rubber Stamp, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where each kid took a pic with their favorite Hall of Fame inductee.  Finally, Bus C went bowling and played Whirly Ball, which is a super fun combination of lacrosse, bumper cars, and basketball. It was truly a great day!

June 25, 2013

Bus A is officially on the road and ready for summer! Yesterday was a minor fast day on the Jewish calendar and the group spent some time during shacharit learning about the customs of a fast day. They enjoyed their first shacharit service together and are looking forward to having a nice community to pray with for the rest of the summer. The rest of the day consisted of visiting the Pez museum, touring the Touro Synagogue, which is the oldest synagogue in America, and finally touring Boston on a Duck Tour boat. They are very much looking forward to the exciting summer ahead!

June 26, 2013

After meeting up at the airport yesterday, Group 6 took off on an adventure of a lifetime. This afternoon they landed in Prague, met their Israeli staff and tour guide, and then took a short tour of the city. Then they headed to the hotel for orientation and a fun program. They are very much looking forward to the exciting summer ahead!

 

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